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Beyond Those Hills by Bart Moore

Bob Lugowe

I really enjoyed the lyrics, the vibe and the music but the vocals are definitely an acquired taste that I wasn't immediately drawn to. The cover art also looks a bit amateur like it was made in MS paint. I would suggest giving the album away for free on Bandcamp instead of charging for it in the hopes you can get listeners to engage with the music and become a fan instead of preventing them from doing so with a pay wall. Besides that I'd suggest including links to hear more of your music in the Fluence description and plan on playing out live as much as possible as this sounds like the perfect music to be heard in an old, dusty bar or late night country fair. Best of luck! 

Alan Cross

Another nice one. I like the twang of the guitar, too.

I haven't got anything more add from the last submission, but I will share it again on Facebook and Twitter.

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Alan Cross

That's what I call lost!

Like I said before, I like this sort of modern balladeer stuff. It can be tough to pull off, but I think you're doing a solid job.

There will be a challenge marketing this stuff to commercial radio these days, but I suspect you knew this. Public radio and campus radio will be your best friends as far as airplay is concerned. 

Sync income could be important, too. You should try to get your stuff in front of music supervisors working for TV and film.

And keep playing live as often as you can. You kind of material should do well with word-of-mouth marketing.

I'll share this one, too. 

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Fly in the Ointment by Bart Moore

Bree Noble

Love the guitar and the story-based lyrics kept my interest. Our platform only plays female artists - if you were female I'd totally play this song.

Nate Maingard

Super fun tune, immediately catchy and engaging. I don't really have any technical feedback, all sound lovely to me!

Happy to share it with my twitter folks, hope it helps 💗

Alan Cross

Okay, I'm in. Love this sort of authenticity. Billy Bragg would certainly approve. As would Joe Strummer, methinks.

Now some questions.

1.  What are your career goals? Radio play? Recording? Licensing and syncs? Income from a publishing deal? Soundtracks? All these paths need to be investigated. That being said, there's no way this shouldn't be considered for radio airplay with the proper marketing and promotion.

2. Your social media strategy will be key. Make sure that you reply to every comment that may come in. Turn early fans into evangelists, especially the ones who contributed to this video. Get them to spread the word.  Given the topicality of this song, you should also be able to get pickup beyond the usual music blogs, too.

3. If you don't already, get someone to handle getting your material on streaming music services, especially someone who knows how to get your songs on the best and music influential new music/new discovery playlists. They're becoming increasingly important. Ask Drake what it's like to benefit from clever playlist placement. 

4. If radio airplay is important to you, get a radio plugger. They know how to get to the right music directors. Work with both campus stations and public radio. 

5. Make friends with as many bloggers as possible. Even the smallest want to think that they can discover The Next Big Thing. Every little bit of coverage helps.

6. Wanna know if your material is great? (1) Are your friends and family raving about your stuff? (2) Are people actively seeking you out? If the answer to both those questions is "yes." You may have something on your hands. If not, then maybe what you're offering just isn't good enough to cut through all the noise. Remember that no one has a RIGHT to have their music heard. Your music has to demand people's attention on its own.

7. How often do you play live? Nothing is better than having a group of strangers giving you real feedback in real time. I expect that you know that.

8. Record labels are weird these days. They're all about pop and hip-hop. How do you want to market this? Rock? Alt? Something...artsy? That decision may impact what kind of uptake the song has.

Let me spread this to my social networks. That'll be good for at least 100,000 people. 

Bob Lugowe

Fun song with original lyrics. Looks like you're already getting some press for your album so consider hiring a publicist if you want more attention. I would suggest maybe getting a more pro looking album art and artist photo as the pic on bandcamp is really pixelated and the cover looks like it was thrown together quickly. Image does matter as you have to get people to want to hit play on your profile pages. Depending on what your goals are, just continue to play live and build a local / regional following and put out music and see what sticks. Best of luck!

Brian Hazard

I'm not sure what to make of this, but I like it! If you hadn't included the lyrics, I would've understood about 50% of the words.

I thought the guitar was a little too present from the beginning, but the vocal is even moreso. The overall effect is a bit edgy and fatiguing. The performance is solid though!

Oh hey, it's over 😂. It felt like you were working towards a chorus, but it never arrived.

Going for a second listen, yeah, a little more warmth and a little less shaker would go a long way.

It feels a bit like a novelty song, which I've had said about my songs before in a rather dismissive way, so I'm not sure that helps.

So instead of novelty, it's more like the soundtrack to a movie I haven't seen, with all sorts of specific concrete imagery, which is of course welcome and encouraged — but it leaves me feeling like an outsider who didn't get the joke. Or maybe it's just stream-of-consciousness, and there's nothing to "get."

Anyway, there's a lot to like here, and your originality shines through. It's not a great fit for my Depeche-loving audience, though I appreciate your sharing it with me!

Brian.


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